Old Door Foyer Display

I repainted this old door in Providence Olive by Benjamin Moore.


To make the door still look it's old age I applied ebony stain in the creases.
Even if the stain drips (as shown) baby oil will help blend that in.
The oil helps move the stain around while you rub it in with an old t-shirt.
I used black electrical tape to apply photos behind the glass.
Filled some terracotta pots with a candle, moss and tiny pine cones. See post here.
Placed them on two ebony stained 2x4's attached right on to the door with decorative iron brackets.
In the center of the glass panes I hung a mason jar from
framing wire on an old hook.
Inside the jar is flour and a tea light candle.
 This is the first wall you would see if you walked through my front door.
The door is attached to the wall with a corner bracket at the top.
I need some garland up there to hide that.
I like the dim light of candles in the foyer on long dark winter days.
The casually displayed photos are some of my favorites.
(except my hair is too short in the above photo)
Our kids are growing up way too fast.
They are twins and will turn 10 this week.
Happy Birthday Ben and Luke!

30 comments :

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your old door and the shelf on it! Great pictures too:)

Brooke said...

Very cute idea! You are so creative, it looks great!


Happy Holidays!


=)


Brooke

chateau chic said...

Love all your architecturals, Holly. Old doors make such a statement and yours is a great entry display piece. You are always so creative!!
Mary Alice

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Cute boys! I love the shelf you added to the door. Never thought to use flour in the candle but I like it!

Ms. Redo said...

Happy birthday to the twinsies, our kids do grow up too fast, don't they! And your door, oh my goodness, absolutely awesome - where to start? I love the jar hanging in the middle, I love the shelf with the pots of candles, I love the pictures hanging on by electrical tape, I love the paint you used. Just amazing, you're so talented! Hugs ~ Mary

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

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I hope to see you there!
Cheers!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Dawn said...

It's so charming and a great place to display seasonal things.

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Awesome idea!
I LOve this!

Cynthia said...

I just adore this project. Great turtorial. It adds so much warmth and character. Happy Holidays, I am getting ready.

Cynthia

Bliss said...

Pinned.

Luuuukeeee I'm not yourrrr maaathherrr. (Sorry Ben, I can't think of a famous line so I'll just say happy birthday).

Bliss

blesid thrifter said...

I'm stopping by to say I used your baby oil trick!!! Only I didn't have baby oil, so I used mineral oil... it worked amazing! Gotta remember to use your flour idea, too... thanks for all the great inspiration! jules

livingsimplyfree said...

I never thought of using baby oil, thanks for the trick. I love that you used an architectural piece for the foyer what a welcoming display for guests to see, although I'm sure every time you walk through the door it makes you smile,it would me.

Lynn Fern said...

Time does go fast... Happy Birthday ben & Luke!!

Love the door & candles. Nicely done.

Ali Richardson said...

I love this!!! You are the stain master! Well done :)

Piera said...

cool tutorial and wonderful result! greetings

Zefi said...

Love it. It looks fantastic with the candles and the photos.

A Primitive Place ~ Tammy said...

Look it!
Your have it decorated perfectly.
Tam

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Great vignette, Holly. Love the glow of the candles against the glass.

Patty Sumner said...

Love this idea. I have an old door sitting in the garage...thanks! Blessings and keep on creating beautiful things!

ImSoVintage said...

What a great use for an old door. Love it :)

Sandra@Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls said...

I absolutely LOVE this!! Every single element combines to make something really special. I think my favorite part is the shelf and the candles,but I really can't say, as the photos make it so uniquely your own. Just wonderful!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

awesome idea, holly! i love the use of space!

reFresh reStyle said...

Love it and Happy Birthday to your sweet boys :)

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I just love everything you do, Holly! I love the photo of you and your husband, so sweet.

~Shanon

Katarina said...

It's lovely! :-)

pink*cherub*moon said...

I really love this, Holly! It would be the perfect thing for my small entryh-way. I'll have to go find me a door! Love the way the candles and pictures are gathered together and I was wondering how it was attached to the wall - didn't even notice the bracket until you pointed it out! Looks great! Thanks for such inspiraton! Hugs, Leena

Leslie Harris said...

Holly I love your style and your helpful tips. Baby oil? I never knew that! I've been catching up on your blog while I'm out of town.
Leslie (gwen moss)

DIANA CRASTA INTERIORS said...

I just loved your idea of decorating the foyer...it was a wonderful tutorial...!!

DIANA CRASTA INTERIORS said...

The baby oil tip was amazing...it was indeed very helpful...!!

Diane Bertao said...

I LOVE this idea! We've just moved into a new home that is larger than our other one so lots of open space to play with. Question: where do you find iron brackets/all your iron accents you use throughout your posts? I found a site online but they are pretty pricey (brackets) per each (I'm in CA). I just found an awesome window pane door for $50.00 from an antique store. I'd love to recreate something similar to this. Thank you so much for all of your inspiration!! Where do you find all the time with twin boys?? Thanks so much Holly!

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